2018 – what a year! 2019, I AM READY FOR YOU!

It’s that time again where I choose December to be my month of reflection! oh, how I love December!

December is a time to ponder on the whole year and analyse the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

2018 for me, personally, has been a year of many achievements; being promoted in my previous position, having another annual event in July; The Big Debate, my first workshop for book writers in November, travelling to Dubai in July with my sister (which was not the plan to go this year, lol!), having a website for the business; Authentic Worth and other achievements that I am humbled by.

There have been moments where my Faith have been stretched and tested, but only for the better. Being able to put my big sister to rest was not the easiest, but has caused me to not only appreciate life, but to invest in mental and physical health, building strong friendships and relationships, living out my purpose and being intentional about the lives of others.

I have met authentic, real and kind people this year who I thought I’d never meet. People that have stood by me in the hard times, friends who have become sisters. It’s amazing how each year exposes you to new people, but also new levels, and in these levels, it really tests if you are willing to stand in the face of adversity. I can confidently say that I have passed the test. I have never experienced such an intense year as 2018. Lord knows!

A little progress leads to little successes! Yes, we here this statement all the time: ‘New Year, New Me’. But instead of saying it and not applying it, why not start planning your 2019 now! You don’t have to wait for Tuesday 01st January to arrive; you can start writing down your goals, aspirations, desires and TAKE ACTION! DO; don’t just say!

As I round-up, in as much as we have many accomplishments to fulfil in 2019, no matter how many that are written down in our journals, diaries, MAC’s, computers, remember that it is not possible accomplish them on your own.

Proverbs 16:3 emphasises that all our plans should be submitted to the Lord and He will guide us into what is the best route. Another strong advice is be SPECIFIC with your aspirations for 2019!

Be very honest with yourself; what is it that you are looking to achieve? It could be:

  • To be engaged
  • To get married
  • To buy a house
  • To leave full-time employment and start a small business with your partner
  • To be in ministry
  • To invest in healthy eating and positive thinking
  • To have regular workshops, masterclasses, online courses, events, conferences, seminars
  • To invest in self-development
  • To impact our generation with Christ’s teachings

What are your goals? SPEAK THEM INTO EXISTENCE! I’d like to know!

Fill your goals out the comment section below and I’ll reply you as soon as possible. More importantly, remember Matthew 6:33 – Seek Him first in all your desires!

For those that may not have had the best year, know that what caused you to cry is going to make you appreciate the year to come. As my dear sister is watching over me right now, I know that it is a strong sign that what is in 2019 will TRULY BLOW MY MIND!! I am looking forward to 2019! Are you?

With love,

Esther
Author of It’s Time to Heal, Completion & From Glory to Glory

Website: www.authenticworth.com

Email: authenticworth@gmail.com

YouTube: Esther N J

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Don’t lose your focus!

Focus

I wonder why it can be difficult to keep focused on what we are supposed to set our minds to. Could it be that we ourselves make it difficult, or would you suggest that it’s the people you surround yourself with that make it hard? So many questions can go through ones mind. It is very easy for us to ‘over-think’ things and assume that our situations will never change…well let me tell you something…DO NOT LOSE YOUR FOCUS! Yes, it is easier said than done, but keep your mind-set on things that above! (Ref: Colossians 3 v 2). Remember we must constantly renew our minds. The renewal of the mind does not happen overnight; it happens with a decision. Not only with a decision, but how you position yourself to be. I could decide to allow negativity to overtake my mind, but I choose not to. Why? Because I do not want to lose my focus!

I was talking to my friend yesterday and she was telling me that ‘we do not have enough time’ If you do not understand what that means, it is basically saying that whatever your calling is, do it with all of your heart, as tomorrow is not promised. Our focus should always be on our Father who will enable us to stay on the right path. Wonder how this world would be if we just focused on the one who gives us His time everyday. The one who wakes us up each morning. The one who leads us out in safety and brings us back in safety. If we make a conscious decision to keep our focus on God, you will have peace in your heart. You won’t have time for quarrels or arguments. Why? Because you have decided to keep your focus on the right source which is the Word of God. Keep studying the Word, and you will enjoy your life.

We tend to lose focus from the following reasons:

  • Societal changes
  • Peer pressure

  • Temptation(s)

  • Negative attitude(s)

  • Lack of forgiveness

  • Comparison towards other people – (This is one that we are fond of doing knowingly and unknowingly)

 

If we keep doing these things, we cannot expect our minds to be free. Being free starts from within. Being focused starts from within. You must wake up every day and start your day with a smile. Being your day with Jesus by thanking Him for allowing you to see another day. Once you commit your day into the Lords hands, all you do shall prosper. Why worry about tomorrow when everyday has its own troubles of its own? You do not need to add any more stress to your day by having a negative attitude. Instead you should seek God and pray. In Matthew 6 verse 33 it says that we should “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else shall be added unto you”. What better feeling it is to put your focus on God rather than man.

Has it ever occurred to you that man will change, but God will never change! Ladies, we need to be reminded of this on a daily basis. Lets be aware of the fact that it is only God that can grant you His peace! Not as the world gives, but His extraordinary peace that nothing in this world can buy. God is not cheap! He deserves your focus and your time, so give Him what He deserves. Let us make a decision today and confess that we shall focus on God. Initially, you will eventually know when your focus is on God. When things that used to bother you don’t bother you anymore, you are on the right track. Yes the enemy will come and remind you of your past, remind you of what you done last night, but once you have asked God for forgiveness, what more is there to ask? Even before you open your mouth, God already knew what you were going to say.

Lets remind ourselves that we are not here to entertain anyone. We must keep our minds focused on what is important. But what is really important to you? God should be the first important person in your life. Once you have that in mind, everything else will fall in place.

Note: WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKS YOU, IT IS BECAUSE HE SAW THE NEW THING GOD WAS GOING TO DO IN YOUR LIFE…THAT MUST MEAN SOMETHING GOOD IS ON THE WAY…SO KEEP YOUR FOCUS!